Seven young ladies running for Yamboree Queen
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STARTING bright and early on Monday, June 12, seven young ladies collect their bags with Yamboree logos and vouchers to the 80th Coronation, Oct.18-19, and tickets to the Barn Dance on Oct. 21. Seated, from left, are Glenna Langford, Brianna Esquivel, Madison Lee Dean; standing, Lillie Jenkins, Rainy Dollison, Allie Fennell and Jasmine Boykins.
<br>(Mirror photo by Mary Laschinger Kirby)
STARTING bright and early on Monday, June 12, seven young ladies collect their bags with Yamboree logos and vouchers to the 80th Coronation, Oct.18-19, and tickets to the Barn Dance on Oct. 21. Seated, from left, are Glenna Langford, Brianna Esquivel, Madison Lee Dean; standing, Lillie Jenkins, Rainy Dollison, Allie Fennell and Jasmine Boykins.
(Mirror photo by Mary Laschinger Kirby)
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Seven young ladies, representing local civic clubs, are vying for the title of Queen Yam 2017 during the annual Yamboree Queen’s Contest which begins Monday, June 12.

The contest will conclude on Friday, June 23, when the winners will be announced at 5 p.m. at the First National Bank in Gilmer.

The winner of the contest will be crowned queen of the 80th Yamboree. The other six will serve as ladies-in-waiting to the queen and will also be presented in the coronation.

The girls are selling vouchers, which are $15, for the 80th East Texas Yamboree Queen’s Coronation to be presented in two performances, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Gilmer Civic Center and the Barn Dance to be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m.

Barn Dance tickets are $25 or will be $30 when purchased at the door.

Kiwanis Club

Representing the Kiwanis Club is Glenna Vhae Langford, daughter of Russell and Sarah Turner.

Miss Langford is the granddaughter of Bill and Becky Starnes and Mike and Lorena Turner of Gilmer.

She is a senior at Gilmer High School and is involved in numerous activities including student council, Deuces Club, athletics, Gilmer Football Sports Medicine team, and a part of the “A” Honor Roll.

Glenna attends church at West Mountain, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, working out and just having fun.

She plans to attend Southern Arkansas University and earn a degree in early childhood education to become an elementary school teacher.

Rotary Club

Representing the Gilmer Rotary Club is Madison Lee Dean.

She is the daughter of James and Nikki Dean of Gilmer, and granddaughter of Mary Jo Dean, Elliott and Sandy Dean and Sherry Warren.

She is a senior at Gilmer High School and a member of the Gilmer First Baptist Church.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and playing piano.

Madison plans to attend the University of Texas at Tyler, or Paris Junior College to pursue a degree in the medical field. She would like to be a medical sonographer.

20th Century Club

Representing the 20th Century Club is Brianna Esquivel, daughter of Tracy Williams, and the granddaughter of Barbara and Paul Williams.

Her great-grandparents are the late Don and Mattie Williams.

Brianna has been in the varsity choir for 4 years and is an aspiring artist.

She has been associated with Yamboree throughout her life, from being in the Queen’s court, to being a dancer.

She plans to attend either East Texas Baptist University or Centenary College of Louisiana and major in child psychology.

Lions Club

Representing the Lions Club is Rainy Dollison.

She is the daughter of Shannon and Jeremiah Tharp of Gilmer, and Brent Dollison of Diana.

She is the granddaughter of Barbara White Bush of Gilmer, Robert and Janis Jackson of Kirbyville, Kay Nix of Henderson and Janie and Steve Dollison of Diana. She comes from a big family with six siblings.

Rainy loves to cheer and has cheered for Harmony for three years so far.

She has been a member of FFA, Art Club, FCCLA, and Key Club.

She is also an active member of Rosewood Baptist Church.

After high school, Rainy plans to attend college and becoming a pediatric nurse after earning her BSN.

Iris Garden Club

Representing the Iris Garden Club is Jasmine Chenelle Boykins, daughter of Joey and Cecelia Boykins, sister of Jessica Boykins.

The late Willie and Dorothy Boykins, and Harrison and Essex Wilson are her grandparents.

Her activities include: basketball, one year of track, junior usher church participant in the Nursing Home Ministry, helping Alzheimer’s patients.

Jasmine desires to major in criminal justice and minor in music at Stephen F. Austin State University.

She believes that if you have faith in the Lord, you can conquer anything.

Jasmine’s favorite memory verse is “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” — Philippians 4:13.

Bluebonnet Club

Representing the Bluebonnet Literary Club is Lillie Amy-Marie Jenkins, daughter of Chris and Luci Jenkins.

Her grandparents are Dr. David and Melba Jenkins and Gary and Amy Patterson.

Lillie is a senior at Harmony High School, and her activities include FCCLA officer, FCA, FFA, National Honor Society, majorette for past three years, and she is in the top ten percent of her class.

After high school, Lillie intends to pursue a career in chiropractic therapy.

She plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington, then transfer to Parker University to acquire her Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Beta Sigma Phi

Allie Lange Fennell, representing the Beta Sigma Phi is a senior at Gilmer High School.

She is the daughter of Dwayne and Ellena Fennell and the granddaughter of Buddy and Virginia Lange and the late Frankie Thompson Lange and Doug Fennell, and is a sister to Shaylee Fennell.

Allie is a member of the National Honor Society, Gilmer FFA, The Locker program and the varsity volleyball team for Gilmer High School.

She has been actively involved with the pageant by being a pageant dancer for the last five years.

Allie loves to spend time with her friends and family. She is a Christian and believes in serving God to the best of her ability. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalms 27:1, and it states, “The Lord is my light and my salvation- Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- Of whom shall I be afraid?

Allie plans to attend a 4-year college and major in psychology and hopes to be able to continue to play volleyball throughout her college years.

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Gilmer200
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June 24, 2017
You are right, Dean is Queen!
AshtonL
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June 22, 2017
Jake Smith. While I don't agree with you're views on the yamboree being a waste, I do agree with you that the "Dean Clan" will win this. That's just the way things are when you're family runs the bank.
Gilmertx
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June 18, 2017
What ^^^he just said. What a joke. You would think with all this yam money our "yamboree park" would not look like it does......where oh where does all the good money go??
Jake Smith
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June 09, 2017
Yamborfleece. All that money raised and where does it go? What a joke of a town, what a waste of space, but good luck because everyone knows it's fixed and Dean clan will always win because that just how it is in good ole gilmer.